“Not in my backyard,” or NIMBY, is a common sentiment associated with landfills, but Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Alabama, is breaking that stereotype by listening to its neighbors’ concerns and giving back to the local community. One reason for that may be Mike Smith. Not only has he been involved with providing legal counsel for the landfill since its inception in 2006, his wife’s family owns about 3,000 acres of land next door to the landfill.

“Talk about something being in your backyard; our cattle can reach across the fence,” he says. Smith, who practices law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and spends many of his weekends at the farm, has a vested interest in the environmentally sound operation of the landfill and has been actively involved in assuring that since day one. And while ownership has changed hands over the years, Smith continues to be an integral part of the Arrowhead Landfill, handling litigation, permitting and just about anything that befalls the 1,200-acre site in rural Alabama. He says staying on the inside ensures that what the owners say they are doing is true.

The landfill has 400 acres that are considered appropriate for waste disposal. “That gives us a very large capacity in terms of the air space,” says Smith. About 30 acres of that has been developed. The great bulk of the waste in the landfill is from what Smith calls “the Kingston release.”

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